76th Annual Youth Festival Concert – The Stars of Tomorrow – Coming to MCCC

The CM Trio:  Hannah Yoon, cello; Sarah Yoon, cello; Sierra Wei, cello, winners of the Tri-County Concerts Association’s 76th Annual Youth Festival auditions Senior Ensemble division. (Image courtesy tricountyconcerts.org)

Winners of the Tri-County Concerts Association’s 76th Annual Youth Festival auditions will appear in recital on Saturday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at Montgomery County Community College’s Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.  The young artists include pianists, instrumentalists, and vocalists from Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware counties. They will perform works by Chopin, Mendelssohn, Ravel, and Vivaldi, among others.

Tickets cost $10 and will be available at the door.  Students will be admitted free. For further information, call 610-504-4678 or visit www.tricountyconcerts.org

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A number of talented young musicians from Montgomery County won top prizes in this year’s Tri-County Youth Festival and will perform at the concert.  Flutist Elena Osipova of Elkins Park, an 8th grader at Abington Junior High School, won First Place in the Junior Winds Division.  Violist Dillon Scott of Montgomeryville, a junior at Penndale Middle School, won Second Place in the Junior Strings Division.  Flutist Anna Ridenour of Jenkintown, a sophomore at Gwynedd Mercy Academy, won Second Place in the Senior Winds Division.  Harpist Millena Chirillo of Collegeville, a freshman at Villa Maria Academy High School, won Second Place in the Senior Musica Diversa Division.

Additionally, the following students won Honorable Mention: in Senior Strings, cellist Aidan Bolding of Telford, a 9th grader at Souderton Area High School, and violinist Ethan Frankel, of Royersford, a junior at Spring Ford High School; in Senior Winds, bassoonist Conner Kim of Harleysville, a junior at Souderton Area High School; and in Senior Voice, tenor Charlie Bensinger of Pottstown, a senior at Pope John Paul II High School, and soprano Amanda Hornig of Blue Bell, a senior at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School.

A complete list of winners appears below.

The Tri-County Concerts Youth Festival is one of the area’s most prestigious competitions for aspiring young classical musicians living in Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. Since 1943 the festival has been a stepping-stone to achievement for many emerging young artists, including current and retired members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  This year marks its 76th anniversary.



Senior Ensemble      

First Place                   The CM Trio:  Hannah Yoon, cello; Sarah Yoon, cello; Sierra Wei, cello

Second Place              April Duo:  Angelina Phillips, violin; Sarah Guan, piano

Junior Ensemble

First Place                   The Fab 2:  Jason Sungwoo Oh, cello; Elena Seoyeon Chang, cello

Second Place               The Pluto Duo:  Ruijia Yang, cello; Jane Stalnaker, violin

Senior Musica Diversa

Second Place               Millena Chirillo, harp

Senior Piano

First Place                   Thomas Hsu

Second Place               Nina Mennies

Honorable Mention     Emma Lo, Julia Shi

Junior Piano 

First Place                   Alyssa Gabrilovich

Second Place               Nathan Jiang

Honorable Mention     Xinlei Hao, Pranav Sundareshwar, Patricia Zhuge

Senior Strings           

First Place                   Eric Gao, violin

Second Place               Chris Dahlke, viola

Honorable Mention     Aidan Bolding, cello; Ethan Frankel, violin

Junior Strings           

First Place                   Vibha Janakiraman, violin

Second Place               Dillon Scott, viola

Honorable Mention     Chandric Lee, violin; Abigail Wolf, cello

Senior Voice

Honorable Mention     Charlie Bensinger, tenor; Amanda Hornig, soprano

Junior Voice 

First Place                   Benjamin Pedersen, tenor

Senior Winds

Second Place               Anna Ridenour, flute

Honorable Mention     Conner Kim, bassoon; Bryan Manzano, horn


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